The Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis is giving a tribute concert to Professor D. K. Holoman, an eminent scholar, teacher, and conductor at UCD for more than three decades. In the concert are works written for this special occasion by Christian Baldini, Ross Bauer, Yu-Hui Chang, Sam Nichols, Pablo Ortiz, Mika Pelo, Laurie San Martin, Kurt Rohde, Steven Mackey, and Darin Wilson. Also on the program are David Lang’s These Broken Wings and Georg F. Haas’s tri ex uno.
Yu-Hui’s “Pu Songling’s Bizarre Tales” – for erhu, pipa, yangqin, piccolo/alto flute, bass clarinet, and percussion, will be performed at Brandeis’ Slosberg Recital Hall on November 23 at 8PM. A piece based on “Liao Zhai Zhi Yi”, a collection of Chinese ghost stories written by Pu Songling of Qing Dynasty, “Pu Songling’s Bizarre Tales” was commissioned by Meet The Composer (now New Music USA) for Music From China. Also on the program is a fine selection of traditional Chinese silk and bamboo music.
On 11/22, Music From China will also perform new works written by Brandeis graduate students. Don’t miss it!
Renowned piano trio NZTrio from New Zealand is having a Taiwan concert tour in early November. An ensemble famous for their diverse, cross-genre programming and high artistry, they will be performing Yu-Hui’s “Flicker” in this six-concert tour, along with works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and New Zealand composer John Psathas.
For concert info, please check out Asia Music Arts website here.
The fabulous cellist Rhonda Rider, who is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory and Boston University, has an upcoming CD, The Grand Canyon Project, to be released by MSR Classics laster this year. As part of the commissioned works for this project, Yu-Hui’s Rio del Tizon is included in this fascinating album. Rio del Tizon, which means Firebrand River, is an old Spanish name for the lower Colorado River, which carved out the Grand Canyon. Thus differentiates it from the other rivers that are also named Colorado.
Nine other pieces commissioned for this project are also included on this CD, they are written by David Rakowski, John Kennedy, Jan Swafford, Laura Kaminsky, Marti Epstein, Dalit Hadass Warshaw, Howard Frazin, Jeffrey Mumford, and Andy Vores. Check on MSR Classics’ page for more detail (Rhonda Rider, “The Grand Canyon Project”)
Yu-Hui's new work In Thin Air – for violin, piano, and percussion, was premiered by Dinosaur Annex in a successful three-concert series at Harvard University, Syracuse University, and Eastman School of Music. The program also included works by Annie Gosfield, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Daniel S. Godfrey, and Steven Stuckey. The critics called In Thin Air "… the high point of a remarkably strong program."
After Meet the Composer became New Music USA, Yu-Hui’s Pu Songling’s Bizarre Tales project is now moved to New Music USA’s “Musicians Stories” page.
Date: June 11, 2012
Venue: Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, San Francisco
Performers: Stacey Pelinka, flutes; Kurt Rohde, viola; Michael Goldberg, guitar
Yu-Hui’s Being – Two Collins Songs for a cappella chamber choir is included in Volti‘s upcoming CD “House of Voices“. Also on the CD are works by Ted Hearne, Donald Crockett, Eric Moe, Wayne Peterson, and Mark Winges.
Dinosaur Annex, the new music ensemble that Yu-Hui co-directs with Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, has been invited to the 10th International Beijing Modern Music Festival in May 2012. New works by Chinese composers Xu Suya, Qu Xiaosong, and Wang Feinan, along with pieces by John Harbison, Scott Wheeler and Yu-Hui, will be performed by the Dinosaur Annex musicians on May 22nd.
You may help send Dinosaur Annex to Beijing by making a pledge at DA’s Kickstarter page before midnight, February 29th. You may also find more info about this particular project on this page: Dinosaur Annex’s Kickstarter Page.
Yu-Hui spent a wonderful week with a group of genuine, thoughtful composers while she was a guest composer at the Composers Conference at Wellesley this summer. Here are two photos:
A bunch of composers tried to look contemplative but failed…
Mario said: ” I WAS smiling!!“